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Who has grapes?

Post  jjphoto on 4/17/2010, 9:49 pm

I would like to put some in my yard, but I don't know a whole lot about them. The books I have barely scratch the surface of grape growing. I have a long stretch of 7' tall fence that runs north and south. Was thinking of planting some grapes on the east side of that fence and building a support system.

Is that an acceptable spot? In our arid desert climate even plants that say "full sun" benefit from being shaded in the afternoon. My thinking on this spot would be that they would get the full benefit of morning sun and then go into shade sometime mid-afternoon. A local nursery here has some concord grapes (one large container looks like it's in its second or possibly third year) and then some smaller containers of what I think was Thompson seedless.

Anyone care to drop some knowledge on this?

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Re: Who has grapes?

Post  Amy in Idaho on 4/18/2010, 3:28 am

I am no expert, but I have experience. My family had a grape vine on a North South 4 foot high chain link fence for 30 years. It got shade from about 4pm on. That sucker never quit growing or producing. We trimmed the vines back most falls and it never made much difference to it, it just sent out new ones each spring. We grew it in regular Idaho clay, sand, crap dirt, although it did get a lot of pine needle and grass clippings. It was one of the most amazing, wonderful plants we ever had. And the vines made absolutely beautiful wreaths when we trimmed in the fall. We just made a hoop and started wrapping. We would have it still except our house needed a new sewer and the plumbers pulled it out with the chain link fence. And yes, I cried.

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